Virginia Kerr is one of Ireland’s most distinguished sopranos, equally well known on the operatic stage, concert and oratorio platform and as a recitalist. Her career includes celebrated performances on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls and has taken her as far afield as Russia, Far East, Mexico and North and South America. Nearer home she has sung with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Leipzig Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera to name but a few. She is a fine exponent of twentieth century music and has given numerous Irish and world premières including LeFanu’s “The Wildman” (Aldeburgh Festival), Victory’s “Ultima Rerum” (National Concert Hall, Dublin) Schoenberg’s monodrama “Erwartung” and Sir Michael Tippett’s “Byzantium” with the National Symphony Orchestra in the presence of the composer.
Virginia appears regularly as featured soloist with both the RTÉ National Symphony and RTÉ Concert Orchestras, on “Friday Night is Music Night” for BBC Radio 2 and has been a guest presenter for RTÉ lyric fm. She was awarded the Margaret Burke Sheridan Medal in 1996 in recognition of her achievements in the field of classical music. Recordings include Victory’s “Ultima Rerum”, Stanford’s “Requiem/The Veiled Prophet of Khorassen” and her first solo CD “My Heart and I” recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Dean.
Virginia is a Trustee of Christchurch Cathedral Choir and in 2004 was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Opera Theatre Company. She is on the Vocal Faculty of both the RIAM and NUI Maynooth. In addition to her teaching diploma Virginia recently qualified as a psychotherapist and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Dublin City University in her spare time.
Kerr, Virginia, Stage fright: the value of psychotherapy to classically trained singers experiencing performance anxiety and confidence issues (Dún Laoghaire : Turning Point Training Institute, 2014)